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Finding aid of the Harry Bartron Papers
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Box 1 : 1-9 ; 2 : 1-17 ; 3 : 1-24 ; 4 : 1-2 ; 6 (Oversize) ; 8 : 1-4 (Oversize)

Series 1.  Writings 1927-2006 Bulk 1969-2003

Physical Description: 2 linear feet.

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains Bartron's writings, both published and unpublished. The bulk of the series consists of poems, including published volumes, manuscript compilations, and a small number of individual poems found loose. The majority of poems explore Bartron's Roman Catholic faith and his homosexuality (Bartron published his erotic poetry using the pseudonym "Henri de Boise"). The religious writings consist primarily of liturgical materials composed by Bartron for the Los Angeles chapter of Dignity/USA. The autobiographical materials include email reminiscences-the originals titled Toilet Book, the transcript titled Personal Memoir-addressed to Bartron's youngest child, Carol; transcripts of interviews Bartron gave as part of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center's Oral History Project; and (nominally fictional) short stories. Bartron attempted in the mid-1980s to sell his American Civil War novel, Drummer Boy (not published until 2004), as a film script, and the file contains an extensive synopsis used to "shop" the story to Hollywood studios. The other writings consist largely of poems sent to Bartron by other people.
Box 1 : 1-8

Autobiographical 1981-2004

Box 1 : 1

Personal Memoir 2000

Box 1 : 2

Toilet Book or Oral History: An Autobiography 2000

Box 1 : 3-6

Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center. Oral History Project 2003-2004

Box 1 : 3

Coming of Age, Chapter 1 2003

Box 1 : 4

Digests 1-2 2003

Box 1 : 5

Digests 3-4 2003

Box 1 : 6

Stories to Tell 2004

Box 1 : 7-8

Short Stories 1981-2000

Box 1 : 9

Book 1985-1993

Box 1 : 9

Drummer Boy. Papers 1985-1993

Box 2 : 1-7 ; 3 : 1; 6 ; 7 : 1-7 (Oversize) ; 8 : 1-4 (Oversize)

Poetry 1927, 1968-2006

Box 2 : 1

Index of Poems 1997-2003

Box 2 : 2-4 : 6

Published Collections 1969-1997

Box 2 : 2

Contemporary Words in Sound 1969

Box 6

Poems of Protest 1970

Physical Description: 2 copies.
Box 2 : 3

Three Narrative Poems 1996

Box 2 : 4

Dame Nature; The Four Seasons 1997

Box 2 : 5-8 ; 7 : 1-7 (Oversize) ; 8 : 1-4 (Oversize)

Manuscript Collections 1927, 1968-2006

Box 7 : 1-5 (Oversize)

Poems 1927, 1968-2003

Physical Description: 5 folders.
Box 7 : 6-7 (Oversize) ; 8 : 1-2 (Oversize)

Sacred and Devotional Poetry 1989-2004

Physical Description: 4 folders.
Box 8 : 3 (Oversize)

Poems 1997-2002

Box 8 : 4 (Oversize)

Poems 2000-2006

Box 2 : 5

Collected Poems. Retrospective of Poems Published in Various Anthologies by the National Library of Poetry 1995-2005

Box 2 : 6

Poems on Sexuality 1998-2003

Box 2 : 7

Poems Published in the Beachwood Voice 2002-2006

Box 2 : 8

Poems 1996-2004

Box 2 : 9-15

Individual Poems 1992-2005

Box 2 : 9

Black Diamond 2003-2005

Box 2 : 10

My Middle Years 2000-2002

Box 2 : 11

Objectively Disordered 1998-2003

Box 2 : 12

Psalm of Love 2000

Box 2 : 13

Reconstruction Suite 1992

Box 2 : 14

Seven Last Words of Jesus 2002

Box 2 : 15

What Do I See? no date

Box 2 : 16-17 ; 3 : 1

Henri de Boise 1998-1996

Box 2 : 16

Octette; Eight Sexually Oriented Poems 1988

Box 2 : 17 ; 3 : 1

Quite Another Place; Erotic Homosexual Fantasies in Verse 1996

Physical Description: 4th edition.
Box 2 : 17

Print copy 1996

Box 3 : 1

Manuscript facsimile May 1996

Box 3 : 2-17

Religious Writings 1988-2003

Box 3 : 2

Being Gay in My Day. Dignity Angelus 1998

Box 3 : 3

Blessings no date

Box 3 : 4

Dignity Creed 1993

Box 3 : 5

Evening Prayer & Patristic Readings for the Five Wednesdays of Lent . Dignity/Los Angeles 1992

Box 3 : 6

Exultet no date

Box 3 : 7

Gift of the Magi--Revisited 1995

Box 3 : 8

Litany of Our Lady of Dignity. Dignity/Los Angeles 2002

Box 3 : 9

Marian Devotion for La Familia Guadalupena no date

Box 3 : 10

Meditations for the Traditional Hours of Prayer, Used for Centuries by Members of the Secular Franciscan Order no date

Box 3 : 11

Morning Prayer no date

Box 3 : 12

Noonday Prayer. Adopted for Optional use by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' Ministry with lesbian & Gay Catholics (MLGC) no date

Box 3 : 13

Room at the Table 2003

Box 3 : 14

St. Solicita. Brochure, Dignity Hymn, Litany, Novena 1988-1989

Box 3 : 15

Sonnet for the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19th 2003

Box 3 : 16

Way of the Cross; Tradition, Catholic Devotion for Lent . Dignity/Los Angeles 1994

Box 3 : 17

You Can Be A Bird, But You Can't Fly . Dignity/USA Convention 1997

Box 3 : 18-23

Other Writings circa 1990-2005

Box 3 : 18

Frog & the Scorpion (fable) no date

Box 3 : 19

Ingenious Proposal (speech) no date

Box 3 : 20-23

Senior Moments 2002-2005

Box 3 : 20

2002

Box 3 : 21

2003

Box 3 : 22

2004

Box 3 : 23

2005

Box 3 : 24 ; 4 : 1-2

Writings by Others 1968-2005

Box 3 : 24

Writings by Others 1968-2004

Box 4 : 1

Hurd, Derrick Harrison 2002-2003

Box 4 : 2

Vos, Wesley & Tom 2004-2005

Box 4 : 3-15 ; 5 : 1-4 ; 6 (Oversize)

Series 2.  Personal 1946-2005

Physical Description: 0.75 linear foot.

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains materials relating to Bartron's life outside his writings. The calendars, day minders and pocket planners document his daily activities. The files contain information on his career as a pantomimist (as well as information on other mimes); his acting roles in film and television; his involvement with the Roman Catholic Church of the Blessed Sacrament, in Hollywood, Dignity/USA, and the Knights of Columbus; his activities as an advocate for housing for GLBT seniors; and his various social activities. The series also includes a small file of correspondence; diplomas, certificates and awards; several photocopies of articles on family and friends; and a folder of drawings, possibly for a children's book, by Bartron's daughter, Liz Pittenger.
Box 4 : 3

Acting (Film & Television) 1980-1988

Box 5-6

Calendars, Day Minders & Pocket Planners 1978-2005

Box 5 : 1-4

Calendars 1990-2005

Box 6

Day Minders 2001-2005

Physical Description: 6 items.
Box 6

Pocket Planners 1978-1989, 1997

Physical Description: 12 items.
Box 4 : 4

Correspondence 1995-2004

Box 4 : 5

Diplomas, Certificates, Awards 1967-2004

Box 4 : 6

Family & Friends 2000-2004

Box 4 : 7

Knights of Columbus 2001-2004

Box 4 : 8

Pantomime 1946-2004

Box 4 : 9

Pittenger, Liz 1996-1997

Box 4 : 10-13

Roman Catholic Materials 1997-2005

Box 4 : 10

Bartron, Harry 1999-2003

Box 4 : 11

Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Hollywood (Calif.) 1998-2004

Box 4 : 12

Dignity 1998-2005

Box 4 : 13

Miscellaneous 1997-2004

Box 4 : 14

Senior Housing 1994-2003

Box 4 : 15

Social Activities 1992-2004

Box 9 : 1-3 ; 10

Series 3.  Photographs 1946-2005

Physical Description: 0.25 linear foot.

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains photographs of Bartron, his family, and friends. The personal photographs consist primarily of 8 x 10-inch formal photographs of Bartron, and photographs of him dressed and performing as a mime. The photographs of family and friends include Bartron's son, Stephen, Vladimyr Golovin, and actors Sidney Feldman, Hal Holbrook and Alan Koss. Box 10 contains snapshops of Bartron, his family and friends; to help identify members of Bartron's family, a list of his descendants, prepared by ONE Archives staff, is included.
Box 9 : 1

Personal 1946-2003

Box 9 : 2

Family & Friends circa 1950-1990

Box 9 : 3

Photographic negative no date

Box 10

Photographs of Harry Bartron, family & friends circa 1975-2005

Item 11

Series 4.  Graphics circa 1988

Physical Description: 1 print.

Series Scope and Contents

This series consists of a single item, a framed color print of an icon, by Robert Lentz, of "St. Solicita", the name given by the Los Angeles chapter of Dignity/USA to the Canaanite woman referred to in Matthew 15:21-28, and "adopted" by the chapter as its patron saint.
Item 11

Icon of St. Solicita, by Robert Lentz circa 1988

Physical Description: 1 print ; 17 x 14 inches (framed) ; color.